Schubert impressed TCI with its exceptionally compact line concept and the high system availability. The pioneer in the packaging industry also persuaded its customer with the high flexibility of its modular technology, which makes it easy to adapt the machine to future tasks. “It was especially important to us that we could use the machine to pack other formats and other products in the future without any problems,” explained Vincent Lin, Chairman of TCI. As an Original Design Manufacturer (ODM), this scalability aspect plays an important role for the Taiwanese company as many different product requests have to be met. Another important argument was the outstanding design: “The high-quality design of the machine is of enormous importance to us because we also want to communicate our high-quality standards to our customers,” highlighted Lin, who personally visited Schubert in Crailsheim in September 2017.
The functions of the new machine include erecting the cartons, inserting plastic trays (top and bottom), pre-grouping the bottles, and filling and closing the cartons. The packaging machine does all this on a compact footprint and with high efficiency. To start with, the machine packs two different bottle sizes (50 ml and 750 ml) in three different packing formats: 8, 10 or 12 small bottles per packing unit and one 750 ml bottle per carton. With a bottle size of 50 ml, the packaging machine achieves an output of 400 units per minute, with 750 ml bottles, 100 units per minute.
The smaller 50 ml bottles are grouped upright into the plastic trays and fitted with a top tray. The complete grouping is then transferred into the carton together with the top and bottom trays. This effectively protects the products from damage. The 750 ml bottles are packed horizontally into the cartons by the robots. Special plastic trays, which are positioned in the carton from below and above, ensure product protection.
With this investment, TCI can significantly increase the efficiency of its packaging process. Moreover, with the new Schubert machine, the company is well positioned to secure further orders as an ODM and to continue increasing its sales. Delivery of the Schubert line is scheduled for the end of this year.